Series: Wild Seasons #4
Author: Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2016
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Related Books: Beautiful Beloved, Beautiful Secret, Dark Wild Night, Beautiful Boss, Beautiful
About Wicked Sexy Liar:When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.
For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .
London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.
But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.
For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.
Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.
I’m really excited because the best way to describe how I feel about this book in relation to the rest of the Wild Seasons series works best as a Beyonce metaphor.
I’m a card-carrying member of the #BeyHive. And when it comes to the Queen’s music, I’m all about the dance hits – Get Me Bodied, 7/11, etc. – that I can dance around and do booty pops and hair flips to. They’re fun and light, and that’s why I love them. But then I also love songs like Listen and Blue for the exact opposite reason. They’re heavy and sad, and that’s why I love them.
And Wicked Sexy Liar was by no means a downer, but for me it was so. much. more. emotional. than the hilarity I love inside Christina Lauren books. There’s always emotional bits, but I was mostly showing up for the lighter stuff.
So Wicked Sexy Liar is the Dreamgirls ballad to the rest of the series’ “werk it” club hit.
This time, I came for the hilarity and stayed for the emotion.
First of all, how often do we read about a vulnerable introvert who wishes to be more social, a real member of the group? I feel like you usually read about introverts who are cool with it, since that’s more empowering. But it’s never what I’ve related to. I’m massively introverted, but I hate that that means I miss out on a lot of meaningful relationships and feeling like I’m the “extra” member of a friend group.
Pretty much any interaction London had with the larger group at one time kind of wrecked me, in a great way.
The only other female Christina Lauren characters that have done that to me have been Hanna and Lola. (Hanna is actually based on me, I’m pretty sure. I still don’t know how I didn’t notice C&L stalking me…)
And Luke, god, what good guy. I always love when a hero has adorable relationships with his family. I actually forgot who he was at first, in the frame of the rest of the series, and was like, “Oh, I guess this guy’s Not-Joe’s friend.” I’m really happy about that, since I think I would’ve tried to fight liking him so much otherwise, at least at first.
Real talk, a lot of the books and authors I looooved when I first started reading contemporary romance? I don’t love them so much anymore. It’s a combination of being exposed to new things to read, and my tastes changing. But Christina Lauren is consistently a top 3 author(s), in my book.
And even within that top tier of awesomeness, this book was a level above the rest of their books for me. Again, tied with Beautiful Player and Dark Wild Night.
Back when I first graduated, I thought nothing of staying up til 3:30 am on a work night to finish a book. Now, I try to be more responsible and try to limit those kind of nights to weekends. But I actually pulled a literal all-nighter because of this book (and flopped out at 8:30 pm the next night and it made me feel old).
After struggling with the feelings of no longer loving formerly favorite authors, reading a new book by an old favorite kind of restored my faith and has me even more excited for Beautiful Boss!
About Christina Lauren:
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)